Tuesday, May 07, 2013

NYMTA No. 7 Line Extension earns professional accolade

Written by  William C. Vantuono, Editor-in-Chief
The New York State Society of Professional Engineers (NYSSPE) has selected New York MTA’s No. 7 Subway Line Extension as its 2013 Construction Project of the Year.

The $2.4 billion project is extending the New York City No. 7 Line subway 1.5 miles from its current terminus at Times Square to a new terminal station at West 34th Street and Eleventh Avenue, on Manhattan’s far west side. It is being carried out by the MTA for New York City “and is a key part of an initiative to transform the far west side of Midtown Manhattan into a vibrant, transit-oriented mixed-use district,” according to lead project engineer Parsons Brinckerhoff. The project is scheduled for completion in June 2014.

Parsons Brinckerhoff is the permanent works designer of the No. 7 Line Extension, providing final design services to the MTA, including all geotechnical, civil, structural, architectural, mechanical, electrical, and communications elements; preparation of all contract documents; and design support during construction. Prior to construction, the firm had prepared alternative alignment studies, conceptual designs, and an environmental impact statement (EIS) for the No. 7 Line Extension and Hudson Yards redevelopment. The EIS, PB says, “is believed to be the most extensive ever prepared for a project in New York City.”